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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:38 pm    Post subject: Learning in Hughes 500 (369E) Reply with quote

Does anyone know which helicopter schools have a Hughes 500 (369E) that provide training for PPL(H) in.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the UK?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fast Helicopters at Shoreham have a 500E thats used for training
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to go to Shoreham... Love that machine!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe Biggin Hill Helicopters may still have one, as do EBG at Redhill, but you really do have to give us a clue whereabouts you are looking! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based in Midlands and ideally looking to do intensive residential course over 3 weeks or similar.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HeliAir at Wellesbourne can do the training in the 500 one but they don't actually have a machine, i.e. if you own one they can train you on it but don't actually have one you can hire.

Is there any particular reason you are looking to train in a Hughes 500?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biggin Hill Helicopters have a Hughes 500D
(They also have a number of 330cbi's for primary training)
It's in for its annual and will be available for training in about 2-3 weeks
There are plenty of local hotels if you are doing a residential course
I hope to be doing my type rating there once the 500 comes back on line
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Business is going well and have worked hard for 4.5 years - always wanted to fly heli's and now have the chance. Have considered a Jetranger as more "customer friendly" for use as a corporate entertainer but prefer the hughes 500 for speed, agility, looks and not everyone has one.

Option 1 - learn on Jetranger then do a conversion - but as will be owning Hughes 500 sensible option is to learn in heli which will be flying - possibly wont need Jetranger rating later on as do not want to learn for commercial use - just for taking business clients.

Option 2 - to wait until get machine and then get trained - not sure about this route due to a friend doing this on his AS350 and then his instructor taking employment outside of UK.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you read the article in todays pilot April 2005 on Neil Glover who did exactly that??.learnt on a jet ranger and converted????.he found it thought to convert at the start
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interestingly Biggin Hill Helicopter had a 500E shark nose and changed for a 500D round nose as they found the 500E very twitchy and not as quick:o
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

will have a read of the article you mentioned - also been on fast helicopters website but no mention of learning in hughes 500 - only type rating. I am lloking to do a block booking and as such would need to be able to book the heli for about 3 weeks, continous.

Does anyone know how much training schools pay to lease back helis as this may also be an option to earn some extra revenue?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Revnue from an R44 Raven is ??165/hr based on ??325 self fly hire
Don't know what a 500 would be but given it's ??440/hr for a 25hr block (??520 /hr otherwise)
it should be more
The 500E in the article is based at Shoreham as I discussed same with Fast at the London Fly show where it was on display
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ASL - I mentioned HeliAir becuase you said you were midlands based. I guess they would only be an option if you could get your own machine though, otherwise they have the instructors to do the training.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anybody actually been through the 500 conversion with anybody in the south east ?
I plan to do it but am interested to hear of any good or bad experiances.
So far I am concidering Biggin, EBG and Fast.
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